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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber - Birra Menabrea SpA

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Menabrea 150° Anniversario AmberMenabrea 150° Anniversario Amber

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BA SCORE
73
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Menabrea SpA visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004)
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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -35.7%

pin, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of thekanna
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear ruddy amber with almost no head.

S: Caramel malts, metallic sweetness, and a bit of cardboard.

T/M: Mostly light, sweet caramel malts with somewhat overwhelming, filling carbonation. Slightly burnt malts also crop up in there. Ends with a heavy, flat finish that tastes conspicuously like a cardboard box.

D: Experience wouldn't have been so bad if not for the horrible aftertaste. Also, carbonation was almost too filling to even stomach one bottle.

thekanna, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of grubefresh
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

grubefresh, May 21, 2012
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz to Pint
Bottled on 6-6-08

A: Pours a brilliantly clear ruby brown with a 2.5 finger frothy tan head. Retention was OK with a thin raft leaving fragmented lace rings on the glass.

S: Fruity and sweet with some malt character. Some oxidation. Overall smell was inappropriate for a Vienna.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors dominate, some bitterness and fruit sweetness and yeasty notes on finish. Some diacetyl and metallic tastes.

M: Thin, slightly creamy. Slick unpleasant finish.

D: Body is medium to low which would have allowed a moderate session but the poor characteristics blew the deal on this one.

BehindtheFinBrew, May 21, 2010
Photo of khargro2
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

khargro2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of demgoth
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

demgoth, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright orange rather than amber, although there are amber highlights along the edges of the glass. Several finger's worth of lightly toasted marshmallow colored foam look pretty good up top. The head has some character and there's quite a nice array of lace as well.

The nose doesn't do this Vienna lager any favors. It smells like a lightly toasted, musty hop version of its Euro pale ale sidekick, Anniversario. I might have suspected the ravages of age, but the 'best by' date on the cap is still more than 3 months away.

Sorry, Birra Menabrea, not impressed. For some reason, I actually expected this brew to be better than the pale lager. Maybe it was the classic, old school, copper and silver label, who knows? I keep checking to see if the year on the cap is actually 08, but it's definitely 09.

There's a minor toasted-caramel vibe on the low end that kinda... sorta... makes AA taste like a Vienna lager. On second thought, that's probably reaching. The hops are musty and musky and don't add anything worthwhile in terms of flavor. A bit of back end bitterness brings balance.

The mouthfeel comes close to watery throughout the mouthful, finally reaching its goal on the swallow. Lackluster carbonation doesn't help the cause. Boring beer, boring mouthfeel.

Why is Italian beer so damned expensive? It isn't like they're in anyone's Top-10 Brewing Nations of the World. I've seen 750s for $15-22 (and even higher) that aren't that highly regarded. This single cost $2.49, which probably translates to a six-pack price well over $10. Bottom line: this is lousy beer at any price.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, clear orange amber color with a small fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Lightly toasted caramel malt, must hops. Really light, not much here.

Taste: The first sip I had was ok, but this was fairly disappointing. Lightly toasted caramel malt and a touch of musty hops at the end. It finishes clean, easy to to since there was not a ton of flavor there.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated, but that is really the only good thing about. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: Without having heard of this beer or brewery, the waiter at the Italian restaurant I was at said this was an Italian microbrew and was much better than the rest of Italy's offerings. He showed me the interesting bottle and I decided to make the plunge. Menabrea will not be getting any more of my money, especially at 'import' prices. I would love to have a good Italian beer that would hold up to my Italian meal, but this just simply does not do it.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Firstly, although this beer is marked as "retired" here on BA, I purchased a 330ml bottle of this in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd November 2007 with a best by date of 15.12.07. So, I'm not sure it isn't still produced.

Anyway, on to the review. This was quite a weird beer for me. Opened and poured into Chimay glass; an almost overwhelming aroma of molasses hit me. This thick maltiness made me worry about what the taste was going to be like. The appearence was a clear dark amber colour with a thin head. Thankfully, it does not taste like it smells. It had a much more subdued malty taste, with some sweetness and very little complexity. I tired of the taste quite quickly. It's not a beer I would be rushing out to buy again.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 05, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date of 04.16.09 on cap:

Pours amber with a thin white head that becomes a large, lasting swirling patch. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of some caramel, metallic notes, some "Euro-skunk" and some grass.

The taste is of slightly burnt caramel, Some blandish Continental-type hops give it something of a bitter balance, though sweetness is thin to begin with. Annoying metallic - iron and tin - notes interfere. Some salt also detracts a bit, giving it a dry, though somewhat crisp, finish.

It is somewhat creamy for its light to reaching towards medium body. It has mild to moderate carbonation.

Too metallic, slightly salty and bland-ish for me. Not a fan of overall character (or almost general lack thereof). Aftertaste not too thrilling, either. Not horrible, has something of a standard Vienna/Amber lager character to it, but I certainly wouldn't get it again.

jwc215, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

ROGUE16, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of OttoBomb
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz (330m l) bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (November 5, 2010). The best before stamp on the rear label reads 04.27.2011.

Eyes: Pours a very clear, light copper color. White soapy head foams and dissipates fairly quickly, with minimal retention and low lacing.

Nose: My first impression of the smell is that is seems old. It's a musty mediocre profile of lightly toasted malts.

Tongue: Again I'm feeling like this beer is well passed freshness. I rechecked the freshness just in case, and I'm 6 months away from that. The taste is malty, slightly bready, even metallic with some caramel notes, but nothing is truly truly flavorful. I must admit that it is very well balanced.

Mouth: Carbonation is appropriately lively and it has a great consistency. High marks here.

Libation: On the plus side, this is a very well balanced, lively beverage, with some minor complexity. An the negative side it brings nothing to the table in any of those areas that makes me want to try it again. It's a mediocre beer, but add to that the $2.49 price tag for one bottle and this is too high a price for too low a value.

OttoBomb, Nov 05, 2010
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2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear, light almond brown. Large head, low retention and no lacing.

S: Lots of malt, very caramel. Sweetness reminiscent of adjunct. Extremely faint noble hop aroma.

M: Moderate carbonation leads into a nice creamy character. The finish is a tad cloying, and leaves something to be desired in terms of a crisp/refreshing character.

T: Overwhelmingly sweet like a lot of buttered corn. Faint toastiness midway. Lacks the malt complexity that would assist the hops in combating the caramel. a dense bread flavor is apparent at the end.

O: Way better options out there for a vienna lager.

orcrist_cleaver, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of froghop
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

purchased at the puget sound wine cellar in port orchard, washington.

pours a clear dark amber with a small white head, light lacing.

smell of caramel, malt, wet grain, somewhat metallic.

taste is heavy on the grain, dark malt, some caramel.

overall below average.

froghop, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle tried 14 Sep 2008.

Large tight lacy head. Almost flat. Clear iced tea color. Some molasses in aroma, slight skunkiness and oxidation evident. Flavor is of molasses, just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol barely noticeable. Light body.

Overall not much to say, don't think the long voyage did this beer any favors. Would not get this again.

htomsirveaux, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this bottle up at state line liquors, poured it chilled into a standard pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ about 2 1/2 fingers of tan frothy cap which converts to a lace pattern which sticks well

S - A basic malt nose w/ caramel accents and is slightly bland odor-wise. Almost musty w/ a canned fruit tinge.

M - A mildly carbonated and subtle feel w/ light malt and dull, lifeless middle w/ a light residual sweet finish

T - The flavor is mild with hint of toasted malt like a vienna and mild spice w/ otherwise musty and bland flavors. The malt starts sweet and falls flat lacking any inspiration. just very ordinary

D - A lager I kind of wanted to like, but it is not one I would recommend at all, obviously. I found this one just was not good to begin with and left a not good taste in my mouth.

Slatetank, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear darkish amber with a fairly thick ivory-tan head. Aroma is crisp, more fruity than malty, not strong but still appealing. Malty flavor is crisp and a little fruity, nothing special but enjoyable. This makes a good accompaniment to a meal rather than a stand-alone drink. Texture has average body and a decent amount of fizz. Overall, fair to middlin' and worth at least a try.

Cyberkedi, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Listed as menabrea Amber, the beer seems to progress a bit beyond the standard Italian lager but struggles to reach mediocracy for a Vienna Lager.

The beer begins with a dull cola-rust color with some blond highlights and terse head formation and retention. No real lacing.

Aromas are very Pilsner-like with some modest caramel overtones. A mild floral hop scent decorates the beer along its edges but does little to improve the timid malt base.

Flavors are light, watered, and grainy. Again, stuck on the Pilsner side of things with a light cola-grainy-caramel taste, albeit weak. Hop flavor is not as prevailant in the taste as it was in the nose.

Light, ...er, weak in the body. Again giving a watered down cola character to the mouthfeel. Grainy astringent sharpness hits the back of the throat and interferres with a would-be clean crisp hop bitterness.

I'd consider this a below average Amber Lager. But as a Vienna Lager, it fails in maltiness, breadiness, richness, and depth. No where near the intended flavor descriptions.

BEERchitect, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of joefinnigan15
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: (poured from a bottle into a glass) orange-red colour, one finger head

Smell: not much, a tiny bit of skunkiness

Taste/mouthfeel: nothing jumped out, a bit of bitterness but not too much, frothy feel, more on the wheaty side than fruity

Overall, nothing special, but fairly easy to drink. Forgettable but still enjoyable.

joefinnigan15, May 25, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -3.5%

acurtis, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted, bready and caramel malts along with bits of sweetness. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer might seem to be a little bland but it is still easy to drink. Some hints of hop flavors might have made it a little more interesting.

metter98, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -3.5%

DamageCase76, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift from my cousin.

Clear copper with a fingers width beige head. Lazy skim retention that doesn't stick anything to my glass.

Aroma is toasted malt and carob powder.

Taste is toast and bread crusty goodness marred by a medicinal, ointment hop character. Ick. Kinda tastes like almonds too.

It's a'ight.

donkeyrunner, Aug 23, 2011
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Menabrea 150° Anniversario Amber from Birra Menabrea SpA
73 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.